Environmental Benefits of Wood Floors
Wood flooring is the most abundantly renewable
flooring material available. Sustainable forest management makes it possible to harvest wood without any serious impact
on the environment, because trees are a renewable resource that can be replaced time and time again.
Check out these
environmental facts about wood floors:
Average annual net growth for hardwoods is greater than
average annual removals (Source: US Department of Agriculture Forest Service)
Indoor air quality is better
with wood floors (Source: US Environmental Protection Agency)
Wood is a carbon neutral product that produces
oxygen during its growth cycle and stores carbon during its service life (Source: University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis)
floors use less water and energy to produce than other flooring options (Source: University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program
Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis)
At the end of its service life, wood flooring can be burned as
fuel or recycled (Source: University of Wisconsin Wood Products Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis)
Wood floors last hundreds of years, so won’t need to be replaced as often as other flooring options (Source: National
Association of Home Builders)
While it takes most hardwood trees 40-60 years to mature, the inventory planted
today won’t be needed for 100-plus years (Source: National Wood Flooring Association)
learn more about the environmental benefits of wood floors by downloading a copy of the University of Wisconsin Wood Products
Program Solid Wood Flooring Life Cycle Analysis.
Frequently Asked Questions: Environmental
Does wood flooring
promote a healthy indoor environment?
Yes. Bacteria, dust and dirt do not embed themselves in wood flooring,
as they do in other flooring options. Simple regular maintenance—such as dustmopping, sweeping, or vacuuming—keeps
wood floors dust-free.
My client suffers from allergies. Is wood flooring hypoallergenic?
of people suffer from sensitivity to chemicals and toxins. Tests by leading allergists have proven that wood flooring provides
a healthier environment for these allergy sufferers. Wood doesn't harbor irritating dust and microorganisms.
the natural environment protected during the harvesting and manufacturing of wood flooring?
Yes. Far from
a depleting resource, hardwood is sustainable and commercially more available now than ever before. On the 486 million acres
of forestland in the United States classified as commercial, substantially more wood is added in new growth each year than
is harvested. For hardwood species, 90 percent more wood is added annually in net growth than is removed through harvest.
Once installed, how often must wood flooring be replaced?
Every hundred years or so. In fact, the
heart pine floors in historic Bacon's Castle in Virginia are more than three centuries old and counting. Simple care and
maintenance keeps wood floors looking beautiful for a lifetime. Instead of laying an entirely new floor when the original
is worn, wood floors can be rejuvenated with sanding and refinishing. When done by a wood flooring professional, wood floors
need only to be refinished every 10 - 15 years or 10 - 12 times during a floor's life. When a wood floor's useful life is
over, it's completely biodegradable.
Is recycled wood flooring available?
Yes. Wood salvaged
from a variety of sources, including old barns and factories, is a popular design trend. Wood recovered from riverbeds is
another growing segment of the wood flooring industry. Logs that sank during logging operations years ago are being recovered
by a number of companies and used to create truly unique flooring. Today's only significant source for heartwood from long-leaf
pine is through reclaimed timbers from warehouses and factories constructed during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Chestnut,
hemlock, poplar, walnut, and cypress are other options.
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